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Coming out of Newark Bay,

Hudson, the newest Vane 4200.

And a bit later, exiting the Arthur Kill past Shooters Island, it’s

Neptune, the former Chevron Snohomish.


I’ve not seen Neptune here much, and

here, thanks to Jonathan Steinman, here’s the first I see of Hudson pushing a barge likely toward the mid North Shore of Isle of Long.

All but the last photo by Will Van Dorp.




Here’s a short but motley set of photos.  Can you identify the tug below sporting the Canadian flag?  Answer follows.


Below it’s Barry Silverton, pushing Fight ALS eastbound on the East River.   Big Allis identifies the location, where Don Jon folks/equipment have recently placed the platforms to the lower right side of the photo.


And finally, from the Port of Toronto, it’s Mr. Kane, who first appeared on this blog here, although it is not identified except in the comments thanks to Isaac Pennock.


So the top photo, it’s Cheyenne, quite possibly the last vessel to traverse the Erie Canal this season.  I’m not sure if they have already reached the Hudson River.  She’s flying the Canadian courtesy flag because she had just exited the Welland Canal at Port Weller at that time.  Here’s a photo taken by fire girl two seasons ago, Cheyenne doing the part of the Canal at the east end of Sylvan Beach.

Thanks much to George Haynes, Jonathan Steinman, and Jan van der Doe for these photos.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.  Thanks much for continuing to read tugster.  If there’s interest in the proposal below, I’ll try to fashion a post from your contributions soon if not tomorrow.

Proposal:  If you are working [today] Thursday and therefore having lunch and/or dinner at work–whether on a vessel or in any other work setting–and you choose to take a photo of the dinner–any aspect of the meal–and send it to me, please do and I’ll try to devise a post with it on Friday this week.  Thanks for the consideration.

The first six photo here comes from Jonathan Steinman, taken on June 13.  The Donjon tugs has delivered Chesapeake 1000 to a point just off Rockefeller University’s campus to prepare for lifting prefabricated modules for Rockefeller’s River Campus.


Step one for Donjon is to secure the gargantuan crane.


Then Atlantic Salvor moves into place to


receive the massive anchors, a job that Salvor may be IS uniquely qualified to perform.




The yellow lighted buoys mark the anchors’ positions.


By the time I got there on June 17, sans camera other than phone, several of the modules had already been lifted from the waterborne transport into the locations where they’ll stay for a very long time.  See time lapse of the installation of modules 1 and 2 on youtube here.


A dozen more modules will still be lifted when


water, tidal, and atmospheric conditions allow.

Click here for more information of the River Campus project, one of many construction sights to behold along the East over.  A calendar of additional lifting can be found here, subject to change.

And many thanks to Jonathan for use of his photos and information about the project.  Next time, I’ll bring my good camera.

Previous sights to behold there can be found here.

And while we’re on the topic of heavy equipment, here’s a vimeo update of of invisible gold project happening off Block Island.  I want to get back there soon.



The sixth boro tidal strait typical known as the East River, surrounded as it is by impressive urbanity, is nonetheless a significant waterway.  These photos today come from Jonathan Steinman, as did these of Ginga Lion, a 507′ loa vessel.


But Jonathan was surprised–as was I when I got his photos– to see ATB Freeport travel through the strait last week, even though New London, its destination, is closer by the “inside” route than by the alternative outside of Long Island, which it followed on the return.  The tape says the tug is 144′ loa and the barge–Chemical Transporter— is 521.’  While tug and barge are notched, the combined length of the units exceeds that of similar large units operated on this strait by Kirby, Bouchard, and Reinauer.  For what that’s worth.  Here’s some backstory on Freeport‘s costly construction.


Thanks to Jonathan for these photos.

Given today’s date, the reference above to Lion, and the beautiful weather outside in NYC, I need to link to this lamb post from a year and a half ago.

Here are previous posts in this series.

These photos come thanks to Jonathan Steinman, who keeps vigil on the East River.  Here, he reports from a week ago, “construction of Rockefeller University’s River Campus continues apace … see Susan Miller guiding a barge and crane into position.”


While the day passes, Paul Andrew (?) comes by with a recycling barge, I believe.  Here’s an interesting article by David Gelles on the effect tumbled oil prices have had on the recycling business.


And that’s Kimberly Poling . . . but has her color scheme changed back slightly?  Or just snow in my eyes?


And on a day when the sixth boro is seeing single digit temperatures, I know it’s inhuman to post these next two photos.  I took them about three weeks ago in this location, where I started my sailing project. Any guesses?


Here’s a shot I took about a mile south of the previous photo.


Answer tomorrow.   Meanwhile, if you need warming up, here’s my tribute to today . . . .

Thanks to Jonathan for the first three photos; Will Van Dorp took the last two.



Here are the previous installments.

Rare as it is to see a chemical tanker traverse the East River, there’s no mystery about this vessel’s identity…  Ginga Lion.  For outatowners, the bridge goes by Koch Bridge, 59th Street Bridge, or Queensboro Bridge.


These photos were taken last Wednesday–October 21–by Jonathan Steinman, frequent contributor of photos from along that tidal strait, which is not really a river.


So here’s the mystery . . . or at least the question.  Given the Jones Act, how can this vessel make the stops it does.  On this run, it was traveling from Bayonne to Port Jeff, and as of this writing, she’s on her way to New Orleans. Prior ports of call and dates are as follows:  10/8 Gibraltar, 9/10 Pasir Gudang Malaysia, 9/4 Kuala Tanjung Indonesia, 8/18 Nantong China, 8/17 Zhangiagang China, 6/22 Houston.

Ginga Lion is clearly a foreign flagged chemical tanker.

I suspect the answer is that she’s not transferring cargo from one US port to another, just loading or offloading at a series of US stops, which I understand would be permissible.   Anyone clarify?

Many thanks to Jonathan for keeping eyes on the East River and sending along the question and photos.


Here’s the index if you want to see the previous installments.

A secret salt along the Saint Lawrence snapped this photo of Algoma Montrealais towed by Diavlos Pride and largely unseen) Ecosse on the stern.  To see photos of Algoma Montrealais’  last season, click here.

Montrealais in tow to scrap

For purposes of the transit to the scrapyard, she’s been renamed (by subtraction) as Mont.

Montrealais closeup

And from endings to beginnings, here from Jonathan Steinman is the arrival of Kirby Moran into the sixth boro via the East River and


escorted in by the venerable James Turecamo.


Also from Jonathan, Shelby towing Weeks 297 carrying a  . . . wind turbine vane.


Anyone know where bound?



Many thanks to the secret salt and freshwater salt of the Saint Lawrence and to Jonathan Steinman for these photos.


You saw it here back in October as well as here just almost exactly a year ago at the start Summer Sea Term 2014.  More info on the itinerary here.  The first five photos come thanks to Jonathan Steinman and Rand Miller.


Hell Gate does not often see vessels of this size and style.  For a vessel past the half century mark, TS Empire State VI has classic lines.



Here she leaves the top end of Roosevelt Island to port.



The rest of these photos I took.


TS Empire State passing Evening Tide at U Thant Island


Williamsburg Bridge

One of the two assist tugs–I’ll include more photos of the assist tugs later–was McAllister Brothers.


The East River is spanned by eight bridges.  These two are the Brooklyn and the Manhattan Bridges.


She traverses the Upper Bay,



stopping only briefly as Rosemary Miller comes alongside, before



heading through the Narrows and



out to sea.  The plan to to drop the hook off Montauk overnight to do some drills before heading for Delaware Bay, the C & D Canal, the Chesapeake, and then Chareston SC before heading across the Atlantic.


There are calls for a newer training vessel for SUNY here.

Many thanks to NYMedia Boat and Sean Shipco for conveyance.  Have a great summer at sea, cadets.   And again, thanks to Jonathan and Rand for photos from the “east” end of the East River.


Thanks to Jonathan Steinman, here’s another tug–Robert Burton–handling the CVA sealed garbage containers.  Given the direction of the tow and absence of freeboard on the barge, the containers are loaded and heading for Howland Hook to be loaded onto trains southbound.



Here (and scroll) was a post I did almost two years ago when Robert Burton was shifting barges down in the Beaufort Inlet.

Thanks much to Jonathan for sharing his vantage point.

Over six years ago, I did another asphalt post here.  Yesterday I was thrilled to get the following photos below from Jonathan Steinman of this unusual vessel on the middle portion of the East River.


Asphalt Sailor–a great name–turns out to have a set of siblings ranging from a lot more capacious to somewhat less so.  On names alone, I’d love to see Black Shark.   Given the cargo, I wonder if the deck feels warm.

That’s James Turecamo overtaking on the west side.  Here’s a hydrodynamics problem . . . is the greater amount of froth churned up by James due only to its greater speed, or is hull shape a factor?


For outatowners, that’s the 59th Street Bridge, and Asphalt Sailor is headed “south,” actually west.


Unrelated:  Here’s an East River ship photo I posted six years ago.  The conclusion then was that it was “doctored.”  Anyone new thinking on it?

Thanks again to Jonathan for these unusual photos.


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